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Living Green Tip ~ Lighten Up Your Life June 8, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Sustainable Living.

At the  The Tampa Living Green Expo, we picked up some new green tricks and reinforced some old ones.  To lighten up our lives more efficiently, let’s switch on the savings with CFL’s ~ Compact Florescent Lights.


* CFLs use 75 % less energy and last 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs

* CFLs save $30 or more in electricity over each bulb’s lifetime when compared with incandescent bulbs

* Replacing a single incandescent bulb with a CFL will keep a half-ton of CO2 out of the atmosphere over the life of the bulb

If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an Energy Star qualified bulb:

* we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year!

* we would save more than $600 million in annual energy costs!

* we would prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars!  (EPA, 2008)

Just remember, when the bulb does burn out to dispose of it properly:

* Home Depot stores accept spiral flourescent bulbs for recycling

* IKEA accepts unbroken lightbulbs for recycling (incandescent, halogen, and CFLs)

For more recycling tips, check out the A to Z Guide at Pinellas County Recycles.

Let’s work together to make a difference while we lighten up our lives and our energy bills with CFLs!

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1. cindy - June 8, 2010

As far as I know CFLs are compulsory in SA, I can’t remember the last time I saw an ‘old’ lightbulb.

nrhatch - June 8, 2010

That’s awesome. They are not mandated here yet.

After regulations, all ceiling fan light kits have been changed to save energy, but incandescent bulbs are still sold and used widely.

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